I wrote a simple IDAPython script that only prints out local functions and ignores library functions. But somehow, it prints every single function. Here is the script:

import idc, idautils
for func in idautils.Functions():
    flags = idc.GetFunctionFlags(func)
    # Ignore library functons
    if flags & FUNC_LIB:
    print idc.GetFunctionName(func)

I based my script from the second code snippet in this tutorial (http://researchcenter.paloaltonetworks.com/2016/06/unit42-using-idapython-to-make-your-life-easier-part-6/).

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    Try checking the segment: idc.SegName(start) != 'extern'
    – Nordwald
    Jan 10, 2017 at 6:43
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    Thank you, your method works. Just to elaborate for anyone else interested. Aside from 'extern,' I also need to make sure that segment name is not ".plt," ".init," or ".fini." So to simplify the code, I just check if segment name equals ".text" or not.
    – yellowbyte
    Jan 10, 2017 at 7:31

1 Answer 1


This is a confusion of terminology. In IDA-speak, "library function" means "a function from a (compiler) standard library", i.e. a function recognised by a FLIRT signature (usually colored in cyan). These are encountered in practice mostly in statically-linked Windows executables. On Linux and OS X the standard functions usually come from shared libraries so you will need another way to distinguish them - e.g. what what was suggested in the comments.

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